Thursday, June 29 2023 10:28

Fall Guide to the Performing Arts in the Delaware Valley

Written by Marci Tomassone

A preview of the upcoming season and summer concerts

Mark your calendars early for the many arts events happening around the area. Here’s a preview of the fall season at area theaters and performance venues as well as special concert events. Be sure to and check websites for even more performances and updates.

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Theaters & Venues with Music, Dance & Theater Performances

Suburban PA Counties

American Music Theatre
Since 1997, AMT has welcomed Opry legends along with Grammy, CMA, Tony and Oscar winners. They’ve hosted acclaimed original shows, national Broadway tours and Christmas extravaganzas. 2425 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster.
* Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Three Dog Night, Lyle Lovett, Garrison Keillor, Air Supply, Ted Nugent, Melissa Etheridge, Grand Funk Railroad

Bird-in-Hand Stage
Offering exceptional entertainment, including Broadway-style musical theater and comedy shows — one of Lancaster County’s must-see stops for live performances. 2760 Old Philadelphia Pk., Bird-in-Hand.
* Dear Soldier Boy, Ryan & Friends: Never Speechless, The Home Game, Our Christmas Dinner

The Colonial Theatre/Point Entertainment
Independent and classic films, concerts and community events. Major performances booked by Point Entertainment. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville.;
* Andy Summers (of The Police)

Kennett Flash
An all-ages, stage-centered, café-style venue showcasing professional national, regional and local music, comedy, children’s programs and more. 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square.
* Total Mass Retain YES Tribute Band

Keswick Theatre of Performing Arts
A 1,300-seat venue hosting well-known acts with state-of-the-art sound and light. 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside.
* An Evening with Kenny G, Tommy Emmanuel, Pat Metheny, The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes

Longwood Gardens Performing Arts
The arts at Longwood are continuing to be as inspiring and beautiful as the Gardens. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square.
* The Brandywiners, Ltd., present “Oliver,” Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart, Sutton Foster

Neumann University, Meagher Theatre
Modern 300-seat theater hosting lectures, theater, cinema and concerts. 1 Neumann Dr., Aston.

Sight & Sound Theatres
Faith-based live theater that’s been described as “Christian Broadway.” 300 Hartman Bridge Rd., Ronks.
* Daniel, Moses, Miracle of Christmas

Presley and Taylor at Uptown!

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
Theater, music, dance, comedy and film in the heart of West Chester. 226 N. High St., West Chester.
* Fan-favorite and exciting new musical artists, the musical comedy, “Nunsense,” Monday Movie Night, Joe Matarese Comedy, “Tommy and Me” by Ray Didinger, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, and so much more.

West Chester University—WCU Live!
Live performances, open to the public, that include music, dance, comedy and speaker events through the academic year. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester.



Christina Cultural Arts Center
705 N. Market St., Wilmington.

The Grand Wilmington
Presenting more than 75 shows most seasons— from symphony orchestras and ballets to the latest rock and comedy stars, jazz, folk, family artists and more. 818 N. Market St., Wilmington.
* Colin Quinn: Small Talk, Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza

Market Street Music
Free Thursday Noontime Concerts as well as classical concerts in the evening. 1101 N. Market St., Wilmington.

Theatre N at Nemours
Independent feature films and concerts. 1007 N. Orange St., Nemours Bldg. Wilmington.



The Academy of Music
Opened in 1857, it’s the oldest grand opera house in the country still used for its original purpose. Broad & Locust Sts.
* The Lion King, Wild Kratts Live 2.0: Activate Creature Power!

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Dedicated to the advancement of a diverse and thriving cultural community. Univ. of Pennsylvania campus, 3680 Walnut St.
* Branford Marsalis Quartet, Malpaso Dance Company

The Dell Music Center
This open-air amphitheater has 5,284 reserved seats and lawn seating for 600. 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr.
* CeCe and Friends, Make The World Better (MTWB) Benefit Concert

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Premier performing arts groups reside at the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music — The Phila. Orchestra, Philly Pops, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco and more. 300 S. Broad St.
* Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Check website for performances at The Academy of Music and Forrest Theatre .

The Mann Center for Performing Arts
Located in Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park, the Mann continues its tradition as the greater Philadelphia region’s premier outdoor cultural arts center. 5201 Parkside Ave.
* An Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band, Phish

Elvis Costello, The Met

The Met Philadelphia
This is the former Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, originally built in 1908 by opera impresario Oscar Hammerstein. 858 N. Broad St.
* Elvis Costello, Bare Naked Ladies


New Jersey

Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
Outdoor amphitheater/indoor theater complex located on the Camden Waterfront. 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden.
* Drake: It’s All A Blur Tour, Stevie Nicks, Guns N’ Roses, Sam Smith, Matchbox Twenty

Events & Series

Turks Head Music Festival, June 2024
Local bands, plus 90 artists, craftspeople and vendors. Everhart Park, West Chester.

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, June 2024
Wilmington’s tribute to a great man and his legacy is the largest multi-day, free, outdoor jazz festival on the East Coast. Rodney Square, 1000 N. Market St. Wilmington.

Musikfest, August 3–13
Eleven days of art, dance, comedy and music in many genres with a stellar lineup. Bethlehem.

Chester Cty. 94th Old Fiddlers Picnic, Aug. 12
Hundreds gather for music and memories. Hibernia County Park, Wagontown.

Phoenixville Blues Festival, September 9
Free event featuring local and national acts. Main St., Phoenixville.

South Wayne PorchFest, September 23
Community celebration with live music on the porches of private homes in S. Wayne.

Paoli Blues Fest, Sept. 30
Perfect for blues lovers and anyone who likes to eat, dance, shop and enjoy great music. Location TBD.

Performance Groups — Dance

Suburban PA Counties

Brandywine Ballet
Providing professional training and performance opportunities and entertaining audiences as a premier ballet organization. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S. High St., West Chester.

Chester County Ballet Company
A professional performance group at Chester County’s oldest training school for dance. 321 S. High St., West Chester.



First State Ballet Theater
Delaware’s professional ballet company presents full-length ballets and mixed-repertory programs. 818 N. Market St., Floor 3R, Wilmington.



Philadelphia Ballet Association
A premier ballet company, receiving widespread critical acclaim for extraordinary performances of a diverse classical and contemporary repertoire. 300 S. Broad St.
* Check website for performances


Suburban PA Counties

Brandywine Singers
A choral ensemble with a wide repertoire of music, partnering with other groups to present concerts.

Chester County Choral Society
Led by a professional director and accompanist, performing diverse choral music. P.O. Box 3466, West Chester.

Chesco Pops Orchestra
Comprised of 65 talented and dedicated musicians from around the county, performing pops, jazz and light-classic repertoire. P.O. Box 2468, West Chester.
* Concert performance of the musical, Chess

Delaware County Symphony
This community orchestra performs at Neumann University. Meagher Theatre, 1 Neumann Dr., Aston.

Immaculata Symphony

Immaculata Symphony
From as far back as 1920, this orchestra has grown from a chamber-size group to a large ensemble. 1145 King Rd., Immaculata.

Kennett Symphony
Experience the unique thrill in witnessing the energy and passion of Music Director Michael Hall and the professional musicians recreating musical masterpieces. Purchase tickets through the website. Follow Kennett Symphony on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 106 W. State St., Kennett Square.
* “Stories of Love & Nature” at Longwood Gardens, on October 15 at 7:30 pm and “Symphony Reimagined” at Mendenhall Inn on November 5 at 3 pm.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Entertaining and educating the south central PA community through live musical performances. 48 N. Christian St., Lancaster.

Opera Lancaster
Nonprofit group producing operas since 1952. 411 W. King St., Lancaster.

Rose Tree Pops Orchestra
A community orchestra with performances ranging from classical to pops to Big Band. P. O. Box 932, Media.

Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley (TOSDV)
TOSDV owns, maintains and presents theater organ concerts and silent movies on a 3/24 Wurlitzer theater pipe organ, in the Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville. P.O. Box 2296, Sinking Spring.

Musicians known for historical accuracy, frequently performing on authentic Baroque instruments. P.O. Box 203, Gladwyne.



Brandywine Baroque
Chamber music on period instruments. Barn at Flintwoods, 205 Center Meeting Rd., Wilmington.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Performing classical and chamber concerts, Delaware’s only professional symphony orchestra begins with its Classics Series and a return to Copeland Hall. 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 1003, Wilmington.
* Jennifer Higdon’s “Cold Mountain Suite”

The only professional opera company in the state and the 11th oldest in the country. 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington.

Serafin Ensemble
Internationally acclaimed performing artists devoted to collaborative chamber music performances of repertoire for up to eight players. 4101 Washington St., Wilmington.



The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin joined the illustrious group as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra in over 116 years. 1 S. Broad St.
* Opening Night with Yo-Yo Ma

Performing Arts Groups/Schools

Suburban PA Counties

Longwood Performing Arts
Classes from experienced faculty in a variety of dance styles. 633 W. Cypress St., Kennett Square.

West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts
Teachers are experienced professional actors and provide a high-caliber performing arts education to students of all ages and abilities. Held at Chester County History Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester.

West Chester University Department of Theatre and Dance
Presenting classic, contemporary and new plays, musicals and dance produced by faculty, students and Philadelphia guest artists. E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Ave., West Chester.
* Spring Awakening, Fall Dance Concert

West Chester University Wells School of Music
As many as 300 student and faculty performances open to the public each year. Concerts include opera, jazz, symphony orchestra, percussion, wind ensemble, choral, vocal and other small and large ensemble recitals. Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Ctr., 817 S. High St.



The Music School of Delaware
Performances include diverse musical styles and feature expert faculty, regional artists, internationally acclaimed guests and students. There are over 75 public performances, events and workshops each year. 4101 Washington St., Wilmington.

Theater — Professional

Suburban PA Counties

Bucks County Playhouse
Located on the site of a former grist mill on the banks of the Delaware River. 70 S. Main St., New Hope.
* The Bridges of Madison County, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Fulton Theatre Productions
A National Historic Landmark, considered the nation’s oldest continuously operating theater. 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster.
* Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, South Pacific

Hedgerow Theatre
Featuring classical productions, fun-filled farces and traditional tales for the whole family. 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media.

Media Theatre
Producing five musicals annually, plus children’s productions, the Media Theatre has been honored with numerous awards for its performances. 104 E. State St., Media.
* High School Musical Jr., The Prom, Mary Poppins

People’s Light

People’s Light
One of Pennsylvania’s largest professional theaters offers year-round programming in two performance spaces, mixing contemporary plays, music theater, classics and world premieres. They also offer arts education for youth and adults. 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern.
* Bones, Small, the ripple, the wave that carried me home, A Christmas Carol

Theatre Horizon
A professional nonprofit theater company producing dramas, musicals and original works. 401 DeKalb St., Norristown.



The Candlelight Theatre
Celebrating over 50 years of dining and entertainment, Delaware’s first dinner theater offers musicals, comedies, comedy club and more. 2208 Millers Rd., Wilmington.
* The Sound Of Music, Into The Woods

Delaware Theatre Company
On the Wilmington Riverfront. 200 Water St., Wilmington.
* Noises Off, Kings of Harlem, Peter and the Starcatcher

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Located in the Hotel du Pont, stars of stage and screen have graced the Victorian stage since 1913. 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington.
* Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza



Forrest Theatre
1114 Walnut St.

Merriam Theater
250 S. Broad St.

Philadelphia Theatre Company
480 S. Broad St.

Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.

Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St.

Theater — Community

Suburban PA Counties

Barley Sheaf Players
Housed in the old Oddfellows Hall. 810 N. Whitford Rd., Lionville.
* The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Broadway Revival Version)

Footlighters Theater
Since 1930, this group has continued to entertain Main Line audiences with each production. 58 Main Ave., Berwyn.
* Osage County, The Rocky Horror Show

Forge Theatre
Year-round entertainment with six productions. 241 1st Ave., Phoenixville.

The Players Club of Swarthmore
A community-based theater with main stage shows and smaller “Second Stage” productions. 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore.

SALT Performing Arts
Live community theater, workshops, dinner theater, summer camps and community outreach. 1645 Art School Rd., Chester Springs.
* A Chorus Line, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music



The Brandywiners, Ltd.
The Brandywiners perform annually at Longwood Gardens. P.O. Box 248, Montchanin.

Delaware Children’s Theatre
Popular theater productions that entertain and educate. 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington.

Wilmington Drama League
Hosting volunteer-produced performances, plus children’s theater performances. 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington.

Outdoor Concerts

Through August 20
Delaware County Summer Festival
Rose Tree Park, Upper Providence.

Through August 20
West Goshen Park Summer Concert Series
West Chester.

Long’s Park

Through August 27
Long’s Park Summer Music Series

Through August 28
Concerts in Eagleview

Through September 2
Upper Merion Concerts Under the Stars
UM Township Building, King of Prussia.

Through September 8
Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts at the Gazebo
Bryn Mawr.

Through September
Longwood Gardens Concerts
Kennett Square.

Through October 26
Live Music at King of Prussia Town Center
King of Prussia.

July–August, Thursdays
Charlestown Park Summer Concerts
Malvern. Charlestown.PA.US/Newsletters.aspx.

July 6, 27, August 17
Music at Marshall
West Chester.

July 8
Concert & Movie Night in the Park
Odorisio Park, Wayne.

July 8, 14
July 8, Pints on the Preserve
July 14, Friday Night Lights
ChesLen Preserve, Coatesville.

July 13, 20, 27, September 7
Summer in the Park Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park

July 15
Tie-Dye Music Festival at Community Arts Center

July 20, August 4
Concerts in the Parks
Everhart Park and John O. Green Park, West Chester.

July 30, August 13, 20
Miller Park Summer Concert Series

August 11, 18, 25
Phoenixville Summer Concerts

September 22–24
XPonential Music Festival
Camden, NJ. On the Waterfront.

September 23
People’s Festival—Annual Tribute to Bob Marley
Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington.

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